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BATUS no more? Tell us your stories.

Old 24th Nov 2021, 23:01
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BATUS no more? Tell us your stories.

Rumour has it that the British Army is deserting Suffield for Oman. What would the Middle East have to replicate the gophers, Cheetahs and other exotic wildlife and nightlife to be found in and around Medicine Hat? Not quite as perverted as Nanyuki but had it’s moments. Happy Days.

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Old 25th Nov 2021, 00:48
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https://globalnews.ca/news/8398789/b...n-u-k-reports/

While confirming operations would continue in Alberta, the ministry of defence said the British Army is restructuring “to be lighter, more agile and more lethal to meet the threats of the future,” which would include rebalancing of vehicle fleets to deal with threats and focus on Europe’s armoured forces.

To remain in line with defence priorities, the ministry said armoured training may be flexed to locations such as Oman.
Read as smaller, cheaper and less of it, you’re main battle tanks regunned may be more lethal, but it’s only getting the gun that was originally intended for it 25 years ago, Hitler also worked on the premise of having superior quality armour over quantity and how did that work out for him?

We have gone from 900 tanks in the 80’s to 148 of the “new” version, agile, they’ll need to be to plug the holes in the line or for retreating.
Lighter alright, they have cut the army numbers by 25% in the last 11 years.

https://www.19fortyfive.com/2021/10/...all-of-europe/
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https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknew...led/ar-AAR6lxT

Chop chop chop..
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 13:50
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I did 2 Medicine Man exercises and was subsequently posted to BATUS on the permanent staff for nearly 3 years. My eldest son was born in Medicine Hat hospital and had to be registered as Canadian by the hospital for his birth certificate used as proof in order to register him as British with our authorities in Ottawa. Dual nationality.

So many memories, almost all good. Watching the video of Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson played on the back wall of the Assiniboine Inn (aka Sin Bin) while a massive brawl was in progress.
The barman asking my 8 month pregnant wife to leave the Swan Inn as she was under 21, but telling me I could stay and finish my beer while she waited in the car (the look on her face was priceless).
Seeing a tank squadron commander write a cheque for £4 million to pay for a tank with a distorted hull (the RBJ couldn't do a 360) after he'd gotten lost and ran over a rock in the DRES area across the Jenner Highway.
Having a barbecue on Christmas Day with an OAT of -25 while the neighbours watched dumbfounded.

And many more !

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Old 25th Nov 2021, 14:02
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UK Defence Sec states BATUS not closing but will see "change"

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Old 25th Nov 2021, 15:20
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Originally Posted by Nigerian Expat Outlaw View Post
I did 2 Medicine Man exercises and was subsequently posted to BATUS on the permanent staff for nearly 3 years. My eldest son was born in Medicine Hat hospital and had to be registered as Canadian by the hospital for his birth certificate used as proof in order to register him as British with our authorities in Ottawa. Dual nationality.

So many memories, almost all good. Watching the video of Billie Jean by Micheal Jackson played on the back wall of the Assiniboine Inn (aka Sin Bin) while a massive brawl was in progress.
The barman asking my 8 month pregnant wife to leave the Swan Inn as she was under 21, but telling me I could stay and finish my beer while she waited in the car (the look on her face was priceless).
Seeing a tank squadron commander write a cheque for £4 million to pay for a tank with a distorted hull (the RBJ couldn't do a 360) after he'd gotten lost and ran over a rock in the DRES area across the Jenner Highway.
Having a barbecue on Christmas Day with an OAT of -25 while the neighbours watched dumbfounded.

And many more !

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I was close to leaving the Army and wanting to settle in Canada after 6 months on the safety staff in BATUS.

Will the AT in Oman be anywhere near as good as what Canada offered?!
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 15:32
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TBH, I wouldn't want to be in a tank these days. Far too big a target with modern missiles.
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Old 25th Nov 2021, 16:03
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TBH, I wouldn't want to be in a tank these days. Far too big a target with modern missiles.
To be fair you could say that about anything. You only have to flick through the SAM brochure to see there's enough nasty stuff out there and easily proliferated to put you off flying. Same goes for being dismounted, as we found out in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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I was close to leaving the Army and wanting to settle in Canada after 6 months on the safety staff in BATUS.

Will the AT in Oman be anywhere near as good as what Canada offered?!
Same here, but my Missus at the time missed U.K. I came to regret not going with my heart. I doubt Oman will have the leisure facilities and access to libation Canada has. I spent my first Med Man leave in San Francisco, the second touring Yellowstone Park and numerous breaks during my permanent staff stint skiing in the Rockies, fishing on Vancouver Island and various other once in a lifetime(as it turned out) activities.

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Med Man was usually a precursor to cramming as many bodies into a rented minibus and touring the States as fast as you could. Yellowstone, Vegas, SF and RTB in time to catch the VC10 home. Rogue SS11 almost taking-out a Red Top Ferret, one of our number wandering off in a snowstorm for a shovel recce, only to be collected by a passing truck on the Rattlesnake Road some five miles away.
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Having to recover a dead VC10 that made it only as far as Gander and doing an engine change in the middle of winter outside on the apron, and having to fend off a myriad of the "are you here for the Winter Olympics" questions.
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I remember flying a night shift in the Beaver watching the Northern Lights....

I remember getting there and looking at my first map and remarking that a small green blob would be handy bunch of trees for shelter if I had to land there, to be told that the green blob was just one tree!

I had a great time at BATUS and went back to Canada later to eventually become a citizen. Fond memories.
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